Holly loves doing experiments and learning new things in science class. But when she finds out the next experiment is making slime, she’s worried. Slime is made with glue, and glue is sticky. Holly has sensory differences because of her autism and doesn’t like anything sticky. With help from family and her teacher, Holly receives the accommodations and encouragement she needs to give slime a try.
Why I Wrote Too Sticky!
I wrote the book I didn’t know I needed, but I wish I had, growing up as an undiagnosed autistic girl. I especially wanted my autistic kids and others like them to be able to see themselves in a book. Too Sticky! is not so much a book about autism as it is a book about a girl who happens to be autistic going about her everyday life. Holly just does things a little differently. Her story is based on my own and my kids’ experiences with autism and sensory differences. It was hard for me to have sticky hands as a child. And it’s still hard for me as an adult.
Watch Jen’s interview with Zibby Owens on her Instagram channel. Jen talks about her book Too Sticky! and her autism diagnosis as an adult.
“Charming, inclusive, and grounded in real-life experiences.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Malia, writing from an #OwnVoices perspective, illustrates how an autistic child can coexist with neurotypical children, address her personal difficulties, and—thanks to a supportive environment—thrive.” –Booklist
Book Lists for Too Sticky!
- “5 Great Kid Books Featuring Characters with Developmental Disabilities.” Macaroni Kid, 31 Mar. 2022
- “10 Picture Books for Starting a Conversation About Autism.” Spectrum Life Magazine, 17 Mar. 2022
- “10 Picture Books about Sensory Differences.” Pragmatic Mom, 4 Oct. 2021
- “Read All About It: Children’s Books About Special Needs.” Atlanta Parent, 15 Jul. 2021
- “From Awareness to Acceptance: 10 Children’s Books that Accurately Portray What It Is to Be Autistic.” PBS SoCal, 22 Mar. 2021
- “Autism-Positive Books for Teachers to Read During April.” Not an Autism Mom, 27 Feb. 2021
- “Read Harder 2021: A Children’s Book That Centers a Disabled Character But Not Their Disability.” Book Riot, 13 Jan. 2021
- “Ten Picture Books to Boost Discussion of Boundaries.” Nerdy Book Club, 9 Jan 2021
- “Disability and Autism.” Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project, 2020
- “Children’s Books Featuring Characters with Autism or Asperger’s.” Reading Rockets, 2020
- “A Different Way of Thinking: 30 Books About Autistic Mighty Girls.” A Mighty Girl, 2 Apr. 2020
- “15 Books to Read for Autism Acceptance Month.” We Need Diverse Books, 1 Apr. 2020
- “Nine Books with Disability Representation.” Think Inclusive, 28 Apr. 2020
Pub Date: April 1, 2020
Pages: 36 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Hardcover ISBN: 9780807580264
ebook ISBN: 9780807580288
Author: Jen Malia
Illustrator: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff